Origin: New York, New York, USA  
Genres: Thrash Metal
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The Great Kat

The Great Kat burst onto the scene in the mid-eighties, a ball of energy, scantily clad and mugging for the camera at every opportunity while loudly proclaiming to one and all that she was the fastest guitarist of all time. Truth be told -- while her image makes it hard to take her all that seriously, the fact of the matter is that she's an incredible guitar player, apparently a graduate of the Julliard School where she played violin (which she still does). Two full-length albums were released in the late eighties, basically speed metal with her hyperactive classical guitar work front and center. Eventually the novelty seemed to wear off, in that she more or less faded from world-wide view, but in fact she's still at it to this day, image and attitude fully intact. For some reason she's foregone releasing full albums in recent years, instead recording EPs that are often less than 10 minutes long, still full of hyperspeed classical metal guitar work and almost exclusively covers or reworks of real classical works.

Current Members

Great Kat (Katherine Thomas)

vocals/guitars

Jeff Ingegno

bass

Lionel Cordew

drums

Former Members/Guests

Tom Von Doom

bass (ex-Cycle Sluts From Hell)

Adam Killa

drums



Discography



Worship Me Or Die  
1987 Roadrunner
  1. Metal Messiah
  2. Kat Possessed
  3. Death to You
  4. Satan Goes to Church
  5. Worship Me or Die
  6. Demons
  7. Speed Death
  8. Kill the Mothers
  9. Ashes to Dust
  10. Satan Says
  11. Metal Massacre
  • Great Kat
  • Tom Von Doom
  • Adam Killa



Beethoven On Speed  
1990 Roadrunner
  1. Beethoven on Speed
  2. Flight of the Bumble-Bee
  3. Funeral March
  4. God
  5. Sex and Violins
  6. Gripping Obsession
  7. Worshipping Bodies
  8. Total Tyrant
  9. Ultra-Dead
  10. Revenge of the Mongrel
  11. Kat Abuse
  12. Made in Japan
  13. Beethoven Mosh (5th Symphony)
  14. Paganinni's 24th Caprice
  15. Guitar Concerto in Blood Minor
  16. Back to the Future: For Geniuses Only



Digital Beethoven On Speed  
1996
  1. Goddess
  2. Cyberspeed
  3. Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries"
  4. Paganini's "Caprice #9"
  5. Bach's "Partita #3"



Guitar Goddess  EP
1997
  1. Rossini's "The Barber of Seville"
  2. Dominatrix
  3. Feast of the Dead
  4. Sarasate's "Gypsy Violin Waltz Zigeuneriveisen"



Bloody Vivaldi  EP
1998
  1. Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" for Violin, Chamber Orchestra & Band
  2. Torture Chamber
  3. Blood
  4. Sarasate's "Carmen Fantasy'" for Violin & Band
  • Great Kat
  • Jeff Ingegno
  • Lionel Cordew



Rossini's Rape  EP
2000
  1. Rossini's "William Tell Overture" for Symphony Orchestra & Band
  2. Sodomize
  3. Castration
  4. Bazzini's "The Road of the Goblins" for Violin, Piano & Band
  • Great Kat
  • Jeff Ingegno
  • Lionel Cordew



Wagner's War  EP
2002
  1. Act 1: War - Wagner’s “The Ride of the Valkyries” (from the Opera “Die Walkürie) for Symphony Orchestra, Band & Opera Singers
  2. Act 1: War - War
  3. Act 1: War - Terror
  4. Act II: Revenge - Punishment
  5. Act II: Revenge - Humiliation
  6. Act III: Victory - Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2" for Symphony Orchestra & Band
  7. Act III: Victory - Sarasate's "Zapateado" for Violin, Piano & Band
  • Great Kat
  • Jeff Ingegno
  • Lionel Cordew



Extreme Guitar Shred  VIDEO
2005



Total Insanity  COMPILATION
2008
  1. Beethoven on Speed
  2. Goddess
  3. Metal Messiah
  4. Cyberspeed
  5. Kat Possessed
  6. Dead-Dead
  7. Death to You
  8. Flight of the Bumblebee
  9. Ride of the Valkyries
  10. Paganini's Caprice 9
  11. Revenge Mongrel
  12. Satan Goes to Church
  13. Bach's Partita 3
  14. Funeral March
  15. Worship Me or Die
  16. Demons
  17. Kat-Abuse
  18. God!
  19. Speed Death
  20. Kill the Mothers
  21. Made in Japan
  22. Metal Massacre
  23. Paganini's 24th Caprice
  24. Worshipping Bodies
  25. Back to the Future for Genius
  26. Rossini's - William Tell Overture - For Symphony Orchestra
  27. The Barber of Seville
  28. The Ride of the Valkyries
  29. Vivaldi's The Four Seasons - For Violin, Chamber Orchestra
  30. Dominatrix
  31. Sodomize
  32. Torture Chamber
  33. War
  34. Blood
  35. 10 Castration
  36. Feast of the Dead
  37. Terror
  38. The Round of the Goblins - For Violin, Piano
  39. Punishment
  40. Sarasate's Carmen Fantasy - For Violin & Band
  41. Sarasates Gypsy Violin Waltz
  42. Humiliation
  43. Hungarian Rhapsody 2
  44. Zapateado
  45. Ashes to Dust
  46. Sex & Violins
  47. Beethoven Mosh
  48. Satan Says
  49. Gripping Obsession
  50. Guitar Concerto in Blood Minor
  51. Total Tyrant



Beethoven's Guitar Shred  VIDEO
2009



Beethoven Shreds  EP
2011
  1. The Flight Of The Bumble-Bee
  2. Beethoven's "5th Symphony"
  3. Torture Techniques
  4. Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto #3"
  5. IslamoFascists
  6. Bach's "The Art Of The Fugue"
  7. Paganini's "Caprice #24"




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